Isimat-Mirin, Zusi help Sporting KC beat Whitecaps 3-1

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP)Nicolas Isimat-Mirin scored his first MLS goal, Graham Zusi added a goal and an assist and Sporting Kansas City beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 on Saturday in the opening round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Isimat-Mirin tapped in to an empty net from point-blank range to give Sporting a 2-1 lead in first-half stoppage time. Johnny Russell’s corner kick was punched away by goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau but Khiry Shelton flicked a header back toward the net and Isimat-Mirin put it away.

Kansas City, No. 3 seed from the Western Conference, plays second-seeded Seattle or No. 7 seed Real Salt Lake in the conference semifinals.

Daniel Salloi played an arcing cross that passed the far post before Zusi made a sliding one-touch pass to Shelton, who side-netted a first-timer from 7 yards out to open the scoring in the 17th minute.

Cristian Dajome converted from the penalty spot in the 39th after Sporting’s Luis Martins was called for a hand-ball in the area to make it 1-1.

Zusi blasted a rising shot from 25 yards out to cap the scoring in the in the 58th minute.

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